Russia hoping for President Obama to be flexible with missile defense shield
November 8, 2012
It was not just the liberal Americans who were rejoicing when President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney and was reelected for another four years. In fact, Russia was quite pleased with the result, and they have expressed that they expect Obama to be more flexible when it comes to the military defense plans in Europe, according to The Associated Press.
"We hope that President Obama after his re-election will be more flexible on the issue of taking into the account the opinions of Russia and others regarding a future configuration of NATO’s missile defense," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said during an international conference in Moscow.
Other Russian officials are expecting Obama to take the time during his second term to focus more on relations between the two countries. Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov believes Obama will have more time to do so over Romney if he was elected, the media outlet reports.
"When people come in, the first year basically falls through, they work for the second one, and the third one’s when the re-election campaign starts - that barely leaves them time to work with others," Ivanov told the publication.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it is no secret that Russia was rooting for Obama on Election Day, as Vyacheslav Nikonov, the first deputy head of the foreign relations committee in the lower house of Russia's parliament, explained that Romney mentioned that Russia was geopolitical adversary number one while campaigning.